Life & Philosophy

The all-important gaze

Stuck in a default state of distractedness, we look away for the next magnetic clue.

As the gaze proceeds, a sense of familiarity comes to our aid to help us navigate our way in the world.

But most of what we perceive is just noise, impeding both our short-term goals and long-term moon shots.

We often fall victim to the fickleness of attention, especially in a virtual reality environment. The screen dominates our lives. 

However, we can remain sensitive to context while continuing to stare at the world and our model.

Most middle-aged people freak out about their mortality when they realize that they’re entertaining themselves into inanition. The brain falsely justifies how we spend our time.

Meanwhile, the cosmic forces in the universe are awaiting our participation. Don’t give up. Turned on, we can see opportunities and realize them. 

Wake up and look outside the immediate window of attention. Our spatial memory is ready for action, awaiting the soul’s evolution. 

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What are we missing here?

We either open up possibilities for inquiry or close them.

The open-minded tend to include those around them. The shallow-minded prefer to isolate others as a means to an end. Such subjectivity halts the evolution of ideas.

“Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.”

William James
‘Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear’
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Attitude predetermines whether we discover facts and establish truth.

We put our minds in the world, shaped by the rhythm of nuance and complexity and weave it into a geometry of thought.

We never know for sure when the old world passes away and a new one begins.

All that’s certain are the infinitude of blind spots.

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What imprints the outlook

You have to cultivate everything: awareness, happiness, aloofness, sadness, the yin, and yang.

Nothing comes naturally, although genetics are known to preprogram our inclinations. 

People are constantly surveying, digesting the world around them. So they must also decide what sticks and what doesn’t.

Inner and outer feelings express themselves as lifestyles. Fashioning one as an outsider gives them their edge. Being an insider gives one all the answers.

Humans signal their desires and struggles. A lousy sleeper wears their restlessness on them the next day.

When the try becomes a habit, the unconscious controls take over. The body is in concert.

Shaggy but sure — that’s when you know that the desired perspective is a part of you.

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Balancing effort

There’s an inverse relationship between forcing something to happen and achieving it. 

When you take your foot off the gas and relax a little, that’s when things start to open up. Going 100ph all the time is a recipe for disaster. 

“When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float’ and that ‘insecurity is the result of trying to be secure,” wrote the philosopher Alan Watts on the law of reversed effort

Disconnection is part of effortful learning. When the cortex is over informed, we can’t think logically about our future. Good ideas emerge during periods of rest

Now is an excellent time to step away from the grind, to step back and relax. Digest the reality that that work of years drips and pours. 

There’s no reason to clog the drain of overuse. Looking at life from afar makes you stuck proof — it ensures that the well never runs dry.

We balance effort by taking a pause. Letting go is the key to staying afloat.

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‘How very odd it was to live your life so decisively’

In fact, he really wasn’t open to possibilities at all, now that she thought about it. How very odd it was, she thought, to live your life so decisively, to be so sure of how everything should be, as if everything in life was black and white instead of various shades of gray.

Karen McQuestionA Scattered Life